Fluor Corp. has been awarded a project management consultancy services contract by Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd (BPCL), it said in a statement. The contract is for its polyols petrochemicals project at its existing integrated refinery and petrochemicals complex in Kochi, Kerala, India. 

The completed Kochi complex will produce propylene glycol, ethylene glycol and various grades of polyols based on 250,000 tpy of polymer grade propylene. (Polyols are used for a variety of applications in the automobile, textile and furniture industries. They are also widely used in construction as insulation and sealants.)

Also in the statement, Fluor said it booked its portion of the undisclosed contract value in 4Q19. The company’s scope of work includes “front-end engineering and design of both the inside and outside battery limits as well as detailed design, engineering, procurement and construction management services for the facility’s utilities and offsites”. 

Mark Fields, Group President of Fluor’s Energy & Chemicals business, said: “We look forward to working with BPCL to deliver a world-class facility that will help meet growing domestic demand for polyols and reduce India’s dependence on petrochemicals imports.”

As part of the venture, six new process units will be built and integrated into the existing refinery. It said new process units will include propylene oxide, propylene glycol, polyols, ethylene oxide/monoethylene glycol, ethylene recovery unit and a cumene unit.

Murali Madhavan, Executive Director of BPCL’s Kochi Refinery, added: “BPCL is making major advancements at its Kochi Refinery to produce niche petrochemicals that are extensively imported into India to manufacture polyurethanes used in footwear, foam and other items.”

Fluor said its New Delhi office will lead project execution with support from the company’s global network.

For more information visit www.fluor.com

29th January 2020